Highest number of cancer cases recorded in Mizoram

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Aizawl, Nov 11 (UNI) With over 1,000 new cases of cancer detected every year, Mizoram tops the population-based cancer registry in the country, sources at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Mizoram, said here today.

''As many as seven to nine lakh people are affected by cancer every year in India and Mizoram tops the list,'' Cancer Specialist at the Aizawl Civil Hospital Dr Zothankima said.

On an average, the deadly disease claims 600 lives in the state.

''The number keeps increasing, and most of the government's expenditures on medical reimbursement are on cancer,'' informed the doctor, adding that 553 Mizos, afflicted with cancer, had died in 2005 and 584 in 2006.

Stressing on the need for early treatment and awareness, Dr Zothankima asserted, ''Cancer can be cured if treated on time, but most of the patients had reported after they entered the critical stage.'' Aizawl Civil Hospital is one of the 25 cancer hospitals and regional cancer centres in the country and equipped with cancer detective technology - PAP test, imaging (X-rays), endoscopy, bioscopy, cytology, hematology, chemotherapy, surgery and radio therapy. Free cancer medicines are also available at the hospital.

Mizoram, being the leader in the field of cancer, will host the national level Twenty third Pre-ARM Workshop and Annual Meeting of National Cancer Registry Programme during November 14-17, 2007.

A Pre-ARM workshop will be held on November 14-15 and annual review meeting on November 16-17. About 80 cancer experts outside the state will attend the meeting.

UNI

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